This is HUGE and you helped make it possible!
Let’s face it; protecting consumers and holding corporations accountable isn’t always easy, so we wanted to take a moment to celebrate and say thank you for helping to make this possible!
Earlier this year, TURN led a coalition that lobbied Governor Newsom on behalf of California families struggling to recover from the pandemic. Officials estimate the unpaid energy bills accumulated during the pandemic at close to $1.7 billion, affecting a few million Californians—and those figures have been growing rapidly.
The Governor responded to our request by including $1 billion for utility debt relief in the current budget. While more support is needed, this is a critical first step.
We Did It!
Thanks to the support of people like you, we’ve been able to achieve a great victory with our Power@Home Campaign. Together we raised our voices to help keep the lights on for the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Governor Newsom heard our voices and has now pledged to provide significant debt relief for over 800,000 vulnerable California households in danger of being evicted from their homes and/or losing power and light due to unpaid debt. This debt is now estimated to be upwards of a staggering 2 billion dollars. So, while we have secured 1 billion dollars from the Governor, we are only halfway there.
We’re asking you now to take one more step with us: Convince the California Legislature to support and expand the Governor’s proposal in the “California Comeback Plan”, which will protect the most vulnerable of us from these impacts on top of a devastating year. Many of those impacted most are front-line workers who have kept California going during the pandemic: It’s now time to help them.
What Is The Power@Home Campaign?
- Power@Home is a campaign of advocacy and outreach to ensure that all California families have access to clean, reliable and affordable energy.
- TURN believes that we can and should live in a society where essential services such as electricity, broadband and phone services are treated as basic rights for all families.
- TURN believes no one should be cut off from essential electricity, gas or phone service. We work to ensure that all Californians receive fair and equitable rates, strong consumer protections, and benefit from cleaner energy.
What Is Emergency Debt Relief?
- The moratorium prohibiting utility shutoffs, adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in March of 2020, has protected over 800,000 California households from losing essential utility service. However, when utility shutoff protections expire on June 30, 2021, these customers will have to pay all uncollected amounts that have accumulated over the previous 13 months. Hundreds of thousands of Californians will face a mountain of debt without the means to pay. This debt is likely to result in the loss of utility services.
- That is why, debt erasure for utility bills is needed; to give these families the fresh start they deserve. Without necessary emergency relief, the numbers of people at or near poverty will only increase, making it impossible for millions to pay for mounting utility costs, stay warm and keep the lights on. Learn more here.
- TURN has joined with nearly 20 statewide partners from the social service, housing, aging adults, and public health sectors to call on Governor Newsom to act now by allocating $2 billion dollars for energy debt relief. Read our letter.